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Midrash UnboundTransformations and Innovations$
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Michael A. Fishbane and Joanna Weinberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113713

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.001.0001

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Storytelling as Midrashic Discourse in the Middle Ages

Storytelling as Midrashic Discourse in the Middle Ages

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Midrash Unbound

Eli Yassif

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes the phenomenon of storytelling as midrashic discourse in the Middle Ages. It connects Midrash to biblical exegesis, expositions of verses, and public study that are well known and accepted in one version or other since the beginning of the scholarly study of Midrash. Midrash is virtually unique in Jewish culture for its unbroken continuity from antiquity to the Middle Ages. In the Midrash's transition from the rabbinic period to later times, the genre was reinvigorated and developed in new and fascinating directions. The chapter also highlights Isaac Heinemann's book, ‘Darkhei ha'agadah’. In his book, Heinemann borrows the anthropological model of ‘organic thinking’, which in his view characterizes rabbinic interpretative mentality.

Keywords:   storytelling, midrashic discourse, Middle Ages, Midrash, biblical exegesis, Jewish culture, Isaac Heinemann, organic thinking, rabbinic interpretative mentality

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